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The SAT Test: Fast Facts


The SAT is offered seven times per year at locations across the country. Many students take the SAT for the first time in junior year and many take the test more than once.


You’ll find four sections on the test (plus an optional essay): Reading, Writing and Language, Math-No Calculator, and Math-Calculator. Kaplan offers ways to customize your SAT prep around the sections where you need to focus most.


The most important SAT scores are your Total Score, your Math Score, and your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score. Your Total Score ranges from 400–1600 and is the sum of your Math Score (200–800) and your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score (200–800). You will also receive Test Scores, Cross-Test Scores, Subscores, Benchmarks, and Essay Scores (if you register to take the essay).


The SAT lasts 3 hours without the essay or 3 hours and 50 minutes with the essay. In addition to the actual test timing, your Test Day experience will include time for check-in, verbal instructions, and short breaks. Our SAT prep options help you practice your timing and pacing for the actual test and provide tips for conquering Test Day as a whole.


Both the SAT and ACT are accepted at all major colleges across the country, so you can select which test to take or take both exams. Some students do better on one test or another, so you should take practice tests for both exams and consider which one will do a better job of highlighting your strengths.


You’ll receive your scores back about two weeks after your test date. If you take the Essay, your Essay scores will be available about five days after you get your multiple choice scores. Score reports are delivered to colleges based on the college. Once colleges receive your scores, processing could take a week.


We recommend prepping for 2–3 months or more for the SAT, depending on individual factors like how many times a week you can study and how much of an increase you are looking to achieve.

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